Patriarch Lauds ‘Special Relationship’ in China Visit
Patriarch Lauds �Special Relationship� in China Visit
� RIA Novosti. Sergei Piatakov
BEIJING, May 10 (RIA Novosti) � The head of the Russian Orthodox Church,
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, has met with the Chinese
President on the first day of his five-day visit to China.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping has called the head of the Russian
Orthodox Church�s visit to the country an indication of the good
relations the two countries today enjoy.
Patriarch Kirill�s five-day visit began on Friday and is set to include
a series of meetings with high-ranking Chinese officials, including
those responsible for religious affairs, and also members of the
Orthodox community within China.
�You are the first Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and the first
high-ranking religious leader from Russia to visit our country. This is
clear testimony to the high-level of Russian-Chinese relations,� Xi
Jinping said at the meeting with Patriarch Kirill in Beijing.
President Xi also said he was satisfied with the results of his visit to
Moscow in March
which he and President Vladimir Putin discussed a possible visit by the
Patriarch to China.
Patriarch Kirill stressed that Russia greatly values the fact that
President Xi chose the country as the destination for his first foreign
trip, saying that this is �testimony to the special relationship between
Russia and China which has developed in recent years.�
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